The Miami Heat had the Oklahoma City Thunder just where they wanted them.
They had a seven point lead at the half and LeBron James and Dwyane Wade were rather quiet, while Shane Battier had 13!
Then the second half came and the result was a 105-94 win for the Thunder, and a 1-0 lead in the 2012 NBA Finals.
While the final score is a tad misleading, there is no question OKC was able to shake off the rust and the nerves of being in the NBA Finals to demolish the Heat in the second half. This stat by NBA.com’s John Schuhmann says it all:
Thunder were down 66-62 & then scored on 21 of their final 29 possessions.
— John Schuhmann (@johnschuhmann) June 13, 2012
They outscored Miami 58-40 as the Thunder committed only two turnovers in the final 24 minutes.
Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook outscored the Heat by themselves in the second half by a 41-40 count. They were attacking the basket and refusing to settle for anything less than a quality shot attempt.
Durant scored 36 points, which is the most points a player has scored in his finals debut since Iverson back in ’01 (48). Thabo S ...
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